“It’s very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

"It's very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems." - Thich Nhat Hanh

Just as a seed needs time to absorb the water, nutrients, and energy to blossom into something spectacular; so must we surrender to the sands of time as our roots germinate into a tree of life.
This week I have been fighting off a lot of shame, guilt and frustration as I have found myself at a lul in my productivity and needing a lot of rest. At first, I became angry at my “failure” of not completing the tasks I set out for my week and then aggressive with my mind by attempting to connive it into finishing the week off “strong” and check off those to-do tasks. However, it did not work and I felt more worthless by then than I had in the first place. Needless to say, I was disappointed in myself and terrified that others would be too.

Once I accepted my defeat of “taking care of business” this week and started treating myself with compassion and nurturing my clearly exhausted soul, it donned on me how this was exactly what needed to be done the whole time! #GoFigure One of the most aggravating things with fully living in the now is that you become acutely aware of how unknown the future is. Because of this ominous presence of not knowing what’s next in my life, I felt freaked out and terrified as I was gazing into the edge of an abyss. It kind of reminds me of when you get butterflies at the beginning of new things. It can be incredibly exhilarating yet also nauseating at the same time. I typically love that feeling and chase after it by living my life on the edge. Sometimes though, I have to give it a rest and let some of the butterflies pollinate the secret garden growing within myself in order for me to continue flourishing.
Long story short, we all need rest in order to grow. It may seem counterproductive at times (especially with our fast paced society), but it could make the world of difference when it comes to growing into our full potential.

How will u treat yourself?

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